TC Amos forecast to hit Samoa south coast on Sunday

By Meteorologist Emma Blades    All times are in NZST

Current situation

Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Amos at midday 23 April 2016

TC Amos midday 23 April 2016

TC Amos was located about 95km north-northeast of Wallis Island, or 450km northwest of Apia, Samoa, at 6am 23 April 2016. At that time the central pressure was 965hPa and the sustained winds close to the centre were 148km/h; a category three tropical cyclone.

Women in Meteorology

Celebrating the increased participation of women in meteorology

By Lisa Murray Communication Meteorologist

International Women’s Day is held every year in March and to mark this occasion we want to give a big shout out to all the great women working here at MetService. Since 2001 we have trained 34 women and 30 men to be World Meteorology Organisation (WMO) qualified meteorologists. Twenty years ago the statistics were very different.

Cyclone Bola - March 1988

From “The New Zealand Weather Book” by MetService Expert Meteorologist Erick Brenstrum

Blog published by Lisa Murray Communications Meteorologist

Satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Bola, before moving south towards New Zealand and evolving into a mid-latitude Low. Image from NOAA-9

Tropical Cyclone Winston evolves into mid-latitude low.

25 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed in the text below are New Zealand local time

Visible satellite image of former Tropical Cyclone Winston at 12.30pm today (Thursday 25thFebruary).

Tropical Cyclone Winston loses an eye!

24 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed in the text below are New Zealand local time

Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Winston at 11.00am today (Wednesday 24thFebruary). Note that the “eye” of the TC can no longer be seen as it is covered by cloud, this happens as the TC becomes less intense.

Tropical Cyclone Winston now a category 3 cyclone

23 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

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Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Winston at 1.30pm today (Tuesday 23rd February 2016).

Latest position Tuesday 7am

What will happen to Tropical Cyclone Winston?

22 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed in the text below are New Zealand local time

Infrared satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Winston at 2.20pm today (Monday 22nd February 2016).

Latest position Monday 1pm

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston 21 Feb 2016 update

By MetService Communications Meteorologist Lisa Murray

Please note: all times listed in the text below are New Zealand local time

Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Winston was the strongest category 5 tropical cyclone to make landfall over Fiji. TC Winston made landfall in Viti Levu, Fiji earlier yesterday evening. Prior to landfall the estimated central pressure was 915hPa, with maximum winds near 230km/h.